Mayor says Drama Festival continues to grow in ‘stature’

The cast from Snakes in the Grass. (50313JC7)
The cast from Snakes in the Grass. (50313JC7)

A tremendous buzz filled the Waterside Theatre on Friday night as crowds enjoyed the opening production of the 33rd. City of Derry Drama Festival.

Formally opening the Festival, his worship, Mayor Councillor, Kevin Campbell commented on the valuable role the Festival plays in the cultural role of the City, and how over the years it had grown in stature attracting groups from all over Ireland.

“In this special year of the City of Culture, it is great that so many drama companies are coming to the city and sharing in the celebrations.”

The opening production “Blood Brothers” by Willy Russell proved popular with both audience and adjudicator, Tommy McArdle, who felt that the “Holywood Players” had given the capacity audience “a very entertaining production and a great start to tremendous programme of plays.”

Still to come is a rip roaring farce “Moonlight and Magnolias” by Ron Hutchinson on Wednesday, March 6, which marks the welcome return of award winning company Bangor Drama Club with witty pointed dialogue and hilarious situations.

On Thursday 7, Ballyshannon Drama festival present “Snake in the Grass” by Alan Ayckbourne which is a spooky suspense drama. The festival continues nightly until Saturday, March 9. www.cityofderrydramafestival.com.